With a long history spanning over 3,000 years, Acupuncture has been shown to have clinical success with a variety of health issues. As a result, Acupuncture is receiving widespread acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of alternative health care. Acupuncture has the potential to support, strengthen and nurture the body towards optimum health and well-being.
Over the last few decades, research has been conducted seeking to explain how acupuncture works and what it can and cannot treat. The 1997 National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus on Acupuncture reports that "studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses, mediated mainly by sensory neurons, to many structures within the central nervous system. This can lead to activation of pathways, affecting various physiological systems in the brain, as well as in the periphery."
The NIH Consensus also suggests that acupuncture "may activate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects including the alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and changes in the regulation of blood flow, both centrally and peripherally, have been documented. There is also evidence of alterations to the immune functions produced by acupuncture."
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating the following conditions: